Great Britain

The Road Safety Foundation is a UK charity advocating road casualty reduction through simultaneous action on all three components of the safe road system: roads, vehicles and behaviour.

The charity has enabled work across each of these components and several of our published reports have provided the basis of new legislation or government policy.

For the last decade, the charity has focused on leading the establishment of EuroRAP in the UK and internationally. Since the inception of EuroRAP in 1999, RSF has been the UK Member responsible for managing the programme in the UK (and, more recently, Ireland), ensuring the UK provides a global model of what can be achieved.

The Foundation plays a pivotal role in raising awareness and understanding of the importance of road infrastructure at all levels through:

  • Active Member: Road Safety Foundation (since 2002), Founding Member
  • Authority Members: Highways England (since 2003); Transport Scotland (Since 2007); Welsh Government (Since 2007); Cheshire West & Cheshire Council (Since 2007); Cheshire East Council (Since 2007)
  • Expert Members: Bert Morris (Since 2008); EASST (Since 2013)
  • Accredited Suppliers: TRF, WDM
  • Centre of Excellence: TRL
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Risk Mapping

Risk maps showing the rate of fatal and serious crashes in England, Scotland, and Wales have been published annually since 2002. From 2002 to 2008, analysis included the primary route network – motorways and trunk A roads – totalling 22,000kms. In 2009 the network was extended to include motorways and both primary and non-primary A roads. Covering 45,000kms, this represents just 11% of Britain’s road length, but carries 54% of the traffic. Half of all Britain’s fatal crashes occur on these roads.

Regional mapping, showing results by government office areas has been published since 2005. This was extended from 2010 onwards to include mapping by parliamentary constituency boundary. Mapping for those with colour vision deficiency have also been produced.

In addition to being included in the annual EuroRAP publications, Risk Mapping has featured in annual commercial road atlases since 2002, beginning with the AA and latterly with Collins.

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Star Rating

In January 2010, the Foundation released the first comprehensive EuroRAP Star Rating results covering 95% of England’s trunk roads, demonstrating how good road design and layout can protect users from death or disabling injury when a crash occurs. Protect and Survive: Star Rating England’s Trunk Road Network for Safety revealed that 50% of motorways were rated as 4-star, 78% of dual carriageways as 3-star, and just two-thirds of single carriageway trunk roads 2-stars.

Road inspections were carried out in 2007 and 2008 on behalf of the Road Safety Foundation by ADAC.

The Foundation continues to work closely with the Highways Agency, the UK’s largest road authority, in helping to guide improvements across the network.

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Contact details

Dr. Steve Lawson | Acting Director | Road Safety Foundation | Tel: +44 1256 345598
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